I don't know why I hadn't thought to replace the pasta in my old Tuna Mornay recipe with a vegetable before now. It seems so silly that I had avoided this dish for so long.
My Tuna Mornay is also dairy free. It is made with a deliciously creamy white cauliflower sauce, that will make it hard for you to believe there's no dairy in this dish.
I've used diced swede (called rutabaga in the US) in place of pasta or white potato. I love cooking with swede, not only because it offers lots of flavour but it's high in vitamin C and provides antioxidants and immune support, helping protect the cells from free radical damage and assists in the thyroid hormone thyroxine. Swedes are rich in beta carotene and are also an excellent source of iron, potassium and manganese, a good source of fibre, thiamin, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Wow, there's some really good reasons to add swede to your diet.
I've used Nutritional Yeast Flakes so you still get a little cheesiness but with a heap more vitamins and protein.
To make the breadcrumbs for the top, I've mixed together almond meal, golden flaxseed and Nutritional Yeast Flakes.
This dish is also egg free and can be made nut free by replacing the almond meal in the topping with ground sunflower seeds. It doesn't take long to make and bake so it's perfect for a week night dinner, just add some steamed vegetables on the side or a lovely fresh garden salad. Click here for the recipe.
Enjoy this healthy, nourishing simple meal and I hope it brings back some childhood memories :)
By Susan Joy